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THE IKON INDUSTRY,
Belgian product, but it is economical for the French works to buy the poorer article, on account of the short haul.
TABLE XXVIII-A. Production of Coal, Coke, Iron and Steel in Belgium in 1900.
	Hainaut.	Lifcge.	Namur.	Luxemburg.	Total.
Coal raised .......       .....	16,532,630	6,190,892	739,295		23,462,817 1,573,697 1,173,917 497,088 3,917,765 2,434,678 820,753 40,559 25,688 1,073,313 646,369 247,890 1,564,579 321,478 891,783 98,539 252,236 1,018,561 155,873 78,603 53,674 12,259 655,199 134,428 333.981 858,163 415,802 30
Imported from Germany . . .					
"          "    England....					
					
					
Coke made .......... ...	1,748,450	1 ----- , 686	228		
Imported from Germany . . .					
					
					
					
					
				247,890	
Imported from Luxemburg.					
					
					
					
               Others ......					
					
Imported from England ....					
					
"               Germany . . .					
"               Un States .					
Steel made ........ ............	225,945	429,254			
Rails ...........................					
Puddled iron ..................					
Finished iron .....      .....					
Exports of finished iron & steel Total number of blast furnaces Active in 1901 ......     ......					
	16 8	17 12		6 5	
					
Number of Bessemer converters Number of open hearth fur					47 18
					
A\. wage in steel works per day	77 cents	78 cents			
					
Belgium formerly raised a considerable quantity of iron ore, but her maximum production was reached in 1865 with a total of 1,019,-000 tons, the output since then having decreased until now it is only one-fifth of that amount. Some ore is raised in the province of Luxemburg, which touches the great Minette deposit that spreads out over the adjoining Grand Duchy of Luxemburg, now in commercial alliance with the German Empire. It is from the Grand Duchy and from Rhenish Prussia that Belgium draws most of her ore, although a considerable amount is brought from Spain to Liege, very little foreign ore going elsewhere in the country except some containing manganese. The pig-iron from these Spanish ores makes one-sixth of all the iron produced in Belgium, and is used for acid Bessemer steel. The ores from the Minette district give an iron running from 1.3 to 2 per cent, in phosphorus